Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Today’s recipe may be one of my favorite meals of all time.  It is real comfort food to me.

This recipe also makes enough for at least two meals for us, even more now with my reduced size family.  I love having a container or two of it in my freezer for those evenings when I just don’t feel like cooking or the day has been too crazy.  I can have a nice, yummy meal together in the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

This is one of those recipes that really never was a recipe.  I have been making it for years – lots of years – and am not sure I actually ever really had a recipe.  I just started throwing stuff in a pot.  So when I made it this week I decided I should actually write it down so I could share it with you.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I usually use hamburger in mine but it would also be great with ground turkey/chicken or Italian sausage.

Just about everything else comes out of a can so it is quick and easy to put together but I have found the secret to the sauce is letting it simmer for several hours. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer. As it simmers, it thickens up and the flavor just intensifies.  So good! You will want to stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

To make it a complete meal I usually make a nice spinach salad and some kind of yummy, warm bread.  Those Magleby’s rolls I shared this week would be perfect as would breadsticks or Challah Bread! Or if it has been one of those crazy days I just buy some crusty Artisan bread at the store!  You must have bread to soak up the extra sauce!

Change things up a bit by changing your choice of pasta.  I prefer a thinner noodle but it’s great with penne, linguine or angel hair!  Whichever you like.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • 1 lb. ground beef, turkey, chicken or Italian sausage
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cans water, use the tomato sauce can
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried onion
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  1. Brown meat along with garlic and onion.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.
  3. Stir and then add sugar and seasonings.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Allow it to simmer for several hours. If it gets too thick, just add some additional water or tomato sauce.
  7. Stirring frequently.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I’ll bet you could get this started and then put it in a crock-pot! Too bad I haven’t done that today, as I’m on my way down to Provo to listen to you at Women’s Conference! See you in a little while :)

  2. MelanieL says

    Looks delicious! I need to make a double batch and freeze in smaller portions for those quick dinner nights! Can’t wait to try it:)

    • says

      Melanie – you will love having it on hand. It has been a lifesaver for me so many times. Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful right out of the pot!

  3. Kim says

    I make virtually everything from scratch…..except spaghetti sauce. I am so embarrassed but my family is so used to Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce from can that I am not sure I can sell your sauce to them but I am going to try. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Shari says

      Kim, I’m the same way and use Hunts LOL, hope this went well for your family! I’m going to make this in the next couple days, and hopefully it will go well, I’m looking for something a little better!

  4. k says

    i feel so stupid even asking, but do you drain off the fat? do you use a 6 oz. or 12 oz. can of tomato paste? (i didn’t even know you could get a 12 oz. can, but i went into my pantry and i had one of each. ??) do you simmer it with the lid on or off? i am so excited to try this! we haven’t found a canned sauce that we like and the few times i’ve tried making it from scratch, well, it just hasn’t been very good. this looks perfect!! :)

  5. Michele says

    I made this last week and it really is the yummiest and easiest meat sauce ever! I used chopped Vidalia onion and reduced the sugar. Thank you! I will be making this often. :)

  6. says

    HOW did you do the “printable recipe” link? I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and am finally ready to make and print. I was just going to print it, but that was going to take 7 pages… I noticed your “printable recipe” link and it’s a perfect one page with your beautiful photo! I would love to do that on my own recipe blog. Please help if you can. My email is lisainnevada(at)gmail(dot)com

    P.S. I wish we lived closer so that my daughter could have taken your kids cooking classes!

  7. Anh Wood says

    I made this last week and hubby said it was the best spaghetti ever. My spaghetti uses almost the exact ingredients minus the tomato paste. I’ve always added a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup instead, which hubby liked, but this came out much better. I’m glad I tried this and this recipe is a definite keeper. Thank you for making me a better wife and mother. Almost forgot, my 8-year old son had 3 helpings (first time ever).

  8. Whitney says

    Hi! I’m going to make this for a birthday party in a couple weeks, and I’m trying to decide how many batches to make (I’m feeding 14 people)…I know you said you can get two meals out of it…is that feeding you, your husband, and your 4 kids? Thank you!!

  9. Christy says

    I made this sauce in the crock – pot, and it turned out great. I just added less water – only 1 can instead of 2. Thanks for another great recipe!


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